High Standard Set at Rifle Drill Competition
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By 59 Sqn Website - 59 (Huddersfield) Squadron
Cadets from 59 (Huddersfield) and 1466 (Holmfirth) squadrons travelled to RAF Halton to represent North Region at the Corps Drill Competition with a demonstration of arms drill. The continuity sequence, carried out without commands, was devised and trained by Warrant Officer Kevin Piccavey, Regional Warrant Officer at North Region. The cadets have been training for eight weeks, a total of 32 hours, starting from scratch with no previous experience and culminating in a 4 minute drill continuity sequence.
On arrival at RAF Halton, the team had time for one last dress rehearsal before the demonstration in front of officers, staff and cadets from all over the UK, including Air Commodore Dawn Macafferty, Commandant Air Cadets and Group Captain Leeming, Regional Commandant (North). They were then requested to do an encore for Air Vice Marshall Turner, Air Officer Commanding 22 (Training) Group RAF.
After the display Air Commodore Macafferty spoke to the team saying how impressed all the VIP guests had been and was surprised by the speed with which the sequence had been put together.
Warrant Officer Piccavey said ”The team put in an amazing effort over the eight weeks of training, showing great commitment, turn up for the training and then putting in a 13 hour day on Saturday to travel to RAF Halton to do their display. After their first run through for the commandant she was so impressed and asked if they would do it again for AVM Tuner. It was a great honour for the cadets and a fantastic show by them – they can hold their heads up high for a job well done.”
The team had been due to disband after the event, but will now continue to train ready for next year when they booked to represent the Air Cadet Organisation.
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